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Boyd Alexander, explorer and ornithologist, son of Boyd Francis Alexander and Mary Alexander [Wilson] Printer friendly version

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Boyd Alexander was born at Swifts Place, Cranbrook, Kent on 16th January 1873. He was a twin son with Robert Alexander of Lieut-Colonel Boyd Francis Alexander and his wife Mary Wilson and descended from the Alexanders of Ballochmyle in Ayrshire. Colonel Alexander and his wife had had two daughters born in Canada before giving bith to the twin sons. Three more sons followed, the youngest being Claud born in 1878.

Boyd Alexander was educated from 1888 at St Peters College, Radley, and it was during his school holidays that Boyd developed his enthusiasm for ornithology - making a study of the birds of Kent and Sussex. He enlisted in the army, joining the Rifle Brigade in 1893 and in 1896, Boyd and his friend John Springett, a skilled taxidermist, made a comprehensive study of nesting habits and migrations at Rye, which became the basis of probably the finest and most complex collection of Kent and Sussex birds in existence. In 1897 he led a scientific expedition to the Cape Verde Islands where he made an extensive collection of native bird species and, in 1898, went on his first African journey to the Zambezi and Kafuk rivers. He was appointed to the Gold Coast constabulary in 1900, and took part in the relief of Kumasi. In 1904 he led a scientific expedition to Fernando Po where he discovered various new species of birds. The same year saw the commencement of his most important work - an expedition across Africa from the Niger to the Nile accompanied by his younger brother Captain Claud Alexander, the zoologist Captain G.B. Gosling, P. Amaury Talbot and José Lopes. Later that year on 13th November 1904 Claud died of fever after six weeks of illness and was buried at Maifoni in Northern Nigeria. The expedition continued for three years and during this period Boyd surveyed the shores of Lake Chad and explored a considerable part of eastern Nigeria, returning to England by way of the rivers Ubangi, Shari and Nile. For his various discoveries he received gold medals from the Royal Geographical Societies of London and Antwerp, besides honours from other learned societies. In 1908 he returned to Africa for the last time and, during a local disturbance was killed by natives at Nyeri, in Wadai, on 2nd April 2 1910. His body was later recovered by French soldiers and Boyd was buried next to his brother at Maifoni in Northern Nigeria. A memorial to Claud and Boyd Alexander was placed in St Dunstans Church in Cranbrook.

Boyd Alexander published From the Niger to the Nile (1907), besides many articles and papers in scientific and geographical periodicals. His oustanding collection of Kent and Sussex birds was offered by his brother Herbert Alexander to Cranbrook and resides today at the Cranbrook Museum and his collection of 5,500 African birds resides at the Natural History Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire, as well as five manuscript volumes relating to his travel and bird collecting in Africa between 1898 and 1909.


See also Boyd Alexander's Last Journey with a Memoir by Herbert Alexander.
Date Type Information Source
 
16th Jan 1873BornAt Swifts Place in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; registered at Cranbrook District, Kent; ref: 1873 Q1 Vol 2a Page 660; twinAlexander's Last Journey
Marylebone, London
 
2nd Apr 1910DiedAt Nyerie, in Africa; cause of death: killed in a dispute with local tribesmen near NyeriODNB web site
Alexander's Last Journey
 
after 2nd Apr 1910BuriedAt Maifoni, Northern Nigeria, in Africa; buried with full military honours beside his brother ClaudAlexander's Last Journey
 
Ancestor's report
No descendent's report
Alexander individual records
  
The ancestral pedigree of Boyd Alexander, explorer and ornithologist
 
  
 Claud Alexanderm: 1788 Ayrshire, ScotlandHelenora Maxwell 
 b: 1752 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland  b: c 1755
  
          
Claud  Margaret Stewart Anna Joanna Catharine Maxwell Boyd Helenora Helenora Mary 
b: 26th Jan 1789 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 23rd Feb 1789 Mauchline, Ayrshire
  b: 20th Oct 1791 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 7th Nov 1791 Mauchline, Ayrshire
 b: 26th Mar 1793 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 11th Apr 1793 Mauchline, Ayrshire
 b: 1794 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 16th Sep 1794 Mauchline, Ayrshire
 b: 27th Mar 1796 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 14th Apr 1796 Mauchline, Ayrshire
 b: 12th Feb 1798 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 26th Feb 1798 Mauchline, Ayrshire
 b: 17th Aug 1802 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 2nd Sep 1802 Mauchline, Ayrshire
 b: 20th Oct 1806 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 6th Nov 1806 Mauchline, Ayrshire
 
  William Maxwell               
  b: 20th Jul 1790 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 3rd Aug 1790 Mauchline, Ayrshire
               
                 
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
 
   
 Boyd Alexanderm: 17th Jan 1828 St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham, Middlesex
witnesses: Benjamin Hobhouse, Henry W. Hobhouse and Helenora Alexander
Sophia Elizabeth Hobhouse 
 b: 27th Mar 1796 Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, Scotland
ch: 14th Apr 1796 Mauchline, Ayrshire
  b: c 1850
  
      
 Claud Boyd Francis William Maxwell Helenora Margaret Angela Michael Stewart 
 b: 15th Jan 1831 Marylebone, London
ch: 18th Mar 1831
 b: 17th Apr 1834 Marylebone, London
ch: 23rd Jun 1834
d: 19th Aug 1917 Wilsley
 b: 3rd Feb 1836 Marylebone, London
ch: 31st Mar 1836
 b: 6th Dec 1837 Marylebone, London
ch: 18th Apr 1838
 b: 8th Oct 1839 Marylebone, London
ch: 19th Nov 1839
 
            
Grandfather record
   
   
 
   
 Boyd Francis Alexanderm: 27th Dec 1865 Hove, Sussex
registered at Steyning District, Sussex ref: 1865 Q4 Vol 2b Page 477
Mary Wilson 
 b: 17th Apr 1834 Marylebone, London
ch: 23rd Jun 1834
d: 19th Aug 1917 Wilsley
  b: 1843 Calcutta, India
d: 30th Jul 1905 Wilsley, Cranbrook, Kent, aged 62 years registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1905 Q3 Vol 2a Page 463
  
        
 Marion Helenor Boyd Robert Herbert David Claud 
 b: 1867 Quebec, Canada b: 1869 Ottawa, Canada
d: July to Sep 1898 aged 28 years registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1898 Q3 Vol 2a page 527
 b: 16th Jan 1873 Swifts Place, Cranbrook, Kent, twin registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1873 Q1 Vol 2a Page 660
d: 2nd Apr 1910 Nyerie, Africa, cause of death: killed in a dispute with local tribesmen near Nyeri
bur: after 2nd Apr 1910 Maifoni, Northern Nigeria, Africa, buried with full military honours beside his brother Claud
 b: 16th Jan 1873 Swifts Place, Cranbrook, Kent, twin registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1873 Q1 Vol 2a Page 660 b: 1875 Kensington, London
ch: 22nd Jan 1875 Hove, Sussex
d: Jan to Mar 1946 aged 71 years registered at Maidstone District, Kent ref: 1946 Q1 Vol 2a Page 1576
 b: July to Sep 1876 Swifts Place, Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1876 Q3 Vol 2a Page 680
d: Apr to June 1895 aged 18 years registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1895 Q2 Vol 2a Page 417
 b: Oct to Dec 1878 Swifts Place, Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1878 Q4 Vol 2a Page 696
d: 13th Nov 1904 Maifoni, Northern Nigeria, Africa, cause of death: enteric fever
bur: after 13th Nov 1904 Maifoni, Northern Nigeria, Africa
 
                
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